Title – Becoming Rain
Author – K.A. Tucker
Publication Date – March 3, 2015
Series – Burying Water, #2
Luke Boone doesn’t know exactly what his uncle Rust is involved in but he wants in on it—the cars, the money, the women. And it looks like he’s finally getting his wish. When Rust hands him the managerial keys to the garage, they come with a second set—one that opens up the door to tons of cash and opportunity. Though it’s not exactly legal, Luke’s never been one to worry about that sort of thing. Especially when it puts him behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 and onto the radar of gorgeous socialite named Rain.
Clara Bertelli is at the top of her game—at only twenty-six years old, she’s one of the most successful undercover officers in the Washington, DC, major crime unit, and she’s just been handed a case that could catapult her career and expose one of the West coast’s most notorious car theft rings. But, in order to do it, she’ll need to go deep undercover as Rain Martines. Her target? The twenty-four-year-old nephew of a key player who appears ready to follow in his uncle’s footsteps.
As Clara drifts deeper into the luxurious lifestyle of Rain, and further into the arms of her very attractive and charming target, the lines between right and wrong start to blur, making her wonder if she’ll be able to leave it all behind. Or if she’ll even want to.
Where to begin with this incredible story? I went into this book excited to see more of Jesse and Alex and hoping that Luke didn’t make me want to punch him in the face. I will be the first to admit that K.A. Tucker has floored me with Becoming Rain. I never expected to fall in love with Luke so effortlessly. He surprised me at every turn as I experienced the seedy world of deception he was drowning in. Seeing Jesse and Alex again was just icing on the cake, completing Luke’s world with a comforting familiarity and reminding us of the potential “happily ever after” waiting for Luke on the other side. This story had my heart racing as I second-guessed everything, just waiting for the other shoe to drop. My brain was perpetually spinning at the possible turns K.A. Tucker could make this book take. Clara and Luke’s journey had me absolutely riveted from start to finish, leaving me with no choice but to devour this book. I’m already sad that the book has come to an end, having fully lost myself in Becoming Rain somewhere along the way.
“She’s everything I’m used to and yet she’s completely new.”
I adored Clara from the moment she made herself known. Her intelligence, protective instincts, and sense of duty made her a woman after my own heart. K.A. Tucker wrote this character with a voice that was unique and genuine with raw vulnerability. Clara’s black and white view of right and wrong at the beginning of the book was tested over the course of this story and it was enthralling to watch the shades of grey start to seep into her world. The self-doubt and conflicting emotions that she radiated gave her an undeniable authenticity that allowed me to connect with this character on a deeper level. Originally thinking him shallow, selfish, and materialistic, Luke simply steamrolled me in Becoming Rain. The character growth that K.A. Tucker executes with him is astounding. Every time he questioned his business relationships and the importance of having expensive things in his life, I fell for him a little bit more. Reading this book was like slowly watching Luke learning to open his eyes and really seeing his world for the first time. By the end I was so incredibly satisfied by this character’s journey that I was downright giddy.
“You’re a decent person. You just needed a good, hard rain to remind you of it.”
Becoming Rain was just as thrilling as the first book in this series. There was so much suspense that I felt constantly on the edge of my seat. Every time Luke did something even remotely shady I would find myself holding my breath or white-knuckling my Kindle in the hopes that nothing bad happened to him. The existing tension between Clara and Luke got ten times worse every time she started digging into his life and I was waiting for the moment when things between them would implode. K.A. Tucker put a lot of careful planning into this plot, working out the smallest details so as to drop hints along the way without spoiling the surprises she had in store for her readers. There were so many moments that took me by surprise that I couldn’t help but find myself completely consumed by the criminal world K.A. Tucker has created. Becoming Rain is another masterpiece from this incredibly talented author, showcasing the imaginative and one-of-a-kind storytelling that I have come to love from her. K.A. Tucker’s writing is beautifully skilled and full of vibrant details that had me hooked from the start as I fell for her unquestionably complicated and incredibly genuine characters. Becoming Rain is a definite must read!
There is something about K.A. Tucker’s writing that pulls me in. Burying Water was unforgettable, so when I discovered that there would be another in the series, I couldn’t wait – no matter who or what it would be about. Becoming Rain didn’t initially grab my attention the way the first book did, but as it progressed, it certainly had me holding onto my seat waiting to see where it would go.
“I can play this game. It’s a dangerous game. The adrenaline junkie in me – it’s in all undercovers – likes dangerous games.”
Becoming Rain is the story of Rain and Luke. It’s yet another instance where the female character takes on the persona that she gets thrown into. Rain was one of those characters that I took an instant liking to. She battled an internal struggle between her heart and her mind, right and wrong, her gut versus what she needed to do. I loved seeing that war play out on the pages, and the idea that sometimes you can’t control who you fall in love with. Furthermore, I loved seeing truths weave with her cover because it showed just how much of a genuine person Rain really was.
“The world needs rain.”
As for Luke, the many layers he carried really fascinated me. While Rain was struggling with who to be, he fought a war on loyalty. He wanted to follow in the footsteps of the man he admired all his life. His character was blinded by the glitz but continued to try and justify it in his mind. Deep down though, like Rain, readers could see that he was a genuinely good guy who idolized this man that he thought could do no wrong. I was incredibly drawn to him and could see how the lines would begin to blur for the heroine of this novel.
“These people have seen the sun again after the harshest rain, and they appreciate it so much more.”
As I previously stated, Becoming Rain started off a little slow for my taste. However, once I was invested, I had a hard time putting the book down. It was a tantalizing tailspin of forbidden romance, mystery, and a time clock counting down until everything exploded. My heart hurt along the way, but I absolutely loved the journey that Tucker took her readers on. Becoming Rain is a journey of two unlikely characters falling in love, despite the odds being stacked against them. It was about finding our individual truths and learning to accept that. I really enjoyed this one and I definitely can’t wait to see whose story we will be receiving next!
“Let us know if you have any more problems.” Luke flashes that wide, charming smile that stalls my feet just a little.
Still no mention of connecting again. In fact, I’d say Luke has gone out of his way to skirt the subject. He’s just not interested. That’s all there is to it. Or maybe he’s waiting for me to bring it up again. But if he’s not, then bringing it up will make me look desperate. I’m guessing he doesn’t like desperate women.
Luke Boone has me in a tailspin. No target has ever had me second-guessing myself this much, this early. It’s just the pressure of the case, I remind myself. “I’m sure I will.” I take long, slow steps, ensuring my movements are sleek and appealing, the opposite of my frantic thoughts, as I desperately search for another hook, since nothing I’m casting has caught so far.
“So, when did you say you’re cooking dinner for me?”
I fight the urge to groan with relief but I can’t keep the smile from exploding across my face. “Whenever you call me.” I turn to regard him, to see his smug face—like he knew I was waiting for it all along, like he was toying with me—and nod to the sheet on his desk. “You have my number.”
“I do.” His eyes twinkle. “I’ll call you soon.”
Thank fucking God.
I wait until I’m in my car and around the corner before turning off my wire and squealing like a fourteen-year-old who just got asked out to the movies. I dial Warner to debrief, my heart still racing. It’s standard protocol to call in after every meeting with my target. Up until now, I’ve had nothing but failure to report. And, while this may not seem like much . . .
I think I’m finally in.
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Don’t Miss the rest of the series:
Burying Water (Burying Water #1)
Chasing River (Burying Water #3)
Surviving Ice (Burying Water #4)
Born in small-town Ontario, K.A. Tucker published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.